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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CAPILLARY

You begin to see some of the advantages in shutting off capillary attraction.

Aspirate some of the inoculated media into capillary pipettes.

Many of these openings are capillary and sub-capillary in size.

Wrinkles are created by obliterating the capillary circulation of the skin.

What evidence of capillary action have you seen outside of the laboratory?

Give three examples of capillary attraction found in the home.

Because the water is conveyed up through the towel, by capillary attraction.

Why are capillary blood-vessels found in every part of the system?

This is accomplished by what is known as capillary attraction.

Thereafter it was simply a question of capillary attraction.

WORD ORIGIN

1650s, "of or pertaining to the hair," from Latin capillaris "of hair," from capillus "hair" (of the head); perhaps related to caput "head" (but de Vaan finds this "difficult on the formal side" and "far from compelling, since capillus is a diminutive, and would mean 'little head', which hardly amounts to 'hair'"). Borrowed earlier as capillar (14c.). Meaning "taking place in capillary vessels" is from 1809. Capillary attraction attested from 1813. As a noun, "capillary blood vessel," from 1660s.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR CAPILLARY

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nounblood flow pathway
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